The current business environment requires that individuals, teams, and organizations are equipped to cope with an unpredictable marketplace and increasing competition. Organizations are forced to be kinetic, organic, and without boundaries if they are to remain successful. Given these environmental and marketplace demands, scholars must rethink the applicability of existing organizational theories and frameworks.
In March 2001, a conference was held with the aim of developing and articulating this new model of organizations. Scholars contributed their expertise in areas, such as leadership, human resource management, negotiation and conflict, teams, entrepreneurship, organizational change, power and influence, and diversity. The contributors focused on their own area of expertise and considered how existing theories must be altered to fit a more agile, organizational form. Theoretical and empirical questions were raised, testable hypotheses were developed, and emerging themes were uncovered.
The end result of the conference is this volume. It brings together the reflections of a diverse collection of organizational theorists and researchers on the implications of this new business model within their own areas of expertise. The book's goal is to inspire organizational scholars to develop a new theory and produce sound managerial advice for how to build and maintain a successful organization in a dynamic workplace. The chapters include a review of research literature with the highlights and citations that everybody working in a field must know, followed by how the research agenda is affected by the increasingly dynamic marketplace.
Contents: A.P. Brief, J.P. Walsh, Series Foreword. Part I:Introduction to Leading and Managing People in the Dynamic Organization. E.A. Mannix, R.S. Peterson, Introduction: Leading and Managing People in the Dynamic Organization. L. Dyer, R. Shafer, Dynamic Organizations: Achieving Marketplace and Organizational Agility With People. Part II:Managing the People in the Dynamic Organization. D.B. Smith, M.W. Dickson, Staffing the Dynamic Organization: Rethinking Selection and Motivation in the Context of Continuous Change. R. Wageman, Virtual Processes: Implications for Coaching the Virtual Team. A. Boisnier, J. Chatman, The Role of Subcultures in Agile Organizations. Part III:Managing Information Flow in the Dynamic Organization. M.C. Thomas-Hunt, K.W. Phillips, Managing Teams in the Dynamic Organization: The Effects of Revolving Membership and Changing Task Demands on Expertise and Status in Groups. R.L. Moreland, L. Argote, Transactive Memory in Dynamic Organizations. K.M. O'Connor, W.L. Adair, Integrative Interests? Building a Bridge Between Negotiation Research and the Dynamic Organization. Part IV:Leadership in the Dynamic Organization. P.V. Hodgson, R.P. White, Leadership, Learning, Ambiguity, and Uncertainty and Their Significance to Dynamic Organizations. R.G. McGrath, M. Boisot, Real Options Reasoning and the Dynamic Organization: Strategic Insights From the Biological Analogy. N. Anand, B.C. Jones, Organization Design: A Network View. Part V:Conclusions. R.S. Peterson, A.C. Sancovich, Emerging Themes From a New Paradigm.
The Organization and Management Series publishes books that establish innovative avenues of inquiry or significantly alter the course of contemporary research in an established area.
Taking a broad view of the domain of organization and management scholarship, the editors seek to publish theoretical and empirical works grounded in a variety of disciplinary perspectives that focus on units of analysis ranging from individuals to industries. In addition, the series welcomes purely methodological contributions, as well as edited volumes of original essays.
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